Beijing recorded 36 new confirmed domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Sunday, the municipal health commission said.
Thirty-four out of the 36 new cases were linked to Xinfadi wholesale market, including 19 people who worked there. Details of another two cases are still being investigated.
A municipal official also said the spread of the new mutation of the virus “has not been completely grasped,” adding the situation in the Chinese capital is still grim.
Another senior city government official said, “Beijing has entered a special time, and the city’s prevention and control work has entered into a war-time mode.”
Over 8,000 staff members at Xinfadi wholesale market have been tested and moved to designated areas for medical observation, said officials.
People who live in the same community as a confirmed COVID-19 patient will be required to get nucleic acid tests.
Around 200,000 people have been to Xinfadi market since May 30.